Getting invited to blog events by sharing with friends

by - 12/29/2010 05:08:00 AM

Once in a while someone will ask, how did I get an invite to cover a media event. While most of the media events I cover are direct personal pr requests, some are not. Some events I learned about during an email trade. In the blog world email trading is one popular way to learn about different events happening around town.

How does email trading work? Simple, blog friends take turns sending out emails asking who's been invited to which events. If you weren't invited to a certain event mentioned, then you can email the pr contact yourself and ask to be invited. Sometimes pr people are looking to make new connects with other blogger's not on their radar. While most pr people won't mind being contacted this way some might.

Other times it's best to ask your blog friend to personally email their pr contact so you can receive an invited directly. When in doubt ask your blog friend what is the best way to contact the pr person to receive an invite. You don't want to ruin the relationship your blog friends has with their pr contact by just requesting an invite out the blue as a unknown blogger.

But be careful with requesting event and pr information from a blog friend. While it's nice that friends share it's not always everyday for all events situation. Please understand that your blog friend can not share ALL their events and pr contacts with you. At some point you also have to do some research and social media work to build your own connections. Many friendships have been broken when one person didn't respect their friend's limit for sharing.

Also remember while it's nice to be invited to events, it's not the end of the world if you're not. Not all events will be a right fit for your blog so if you're not invited don't take it personally. Continue to build good friendships within your blog niche and you'll soon be trading your own event invites instead of waiting to be invited.

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  1. You cannot be more right! In fact when I can't make an event or its for parents I always reply to the PR contact and CC some friends that might be interested. Therefore the PR rep can fill their event with the "right" bloggers and they always grateful.

    Happy New Year to you & yours!

  2. Hello! Happy Holidays!
    Great post and rings with so much honesty and truth. I believe in blogger karma if I get invited to something that is not the right fit I always pass it on.